Pokémon GO Fashion Week Costume Pokémon
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It's Fashion Week in Pokémon GO and Fashion Challengers have sprung up in the game ready to battle. But what are Fashion Challengers? Where are Fashion Challengers? How many things will this guide feature the words 'fashion' and 'challengers'?

This Pokemon GO Fashion Week guide will answer all those questions and more, as well as help you out with tips on how to battle Fashion Challengers, how to complete the challenges that make up the Fashion Week Research Quest, and how to conquer the proverbial catwalk in Pokémon GO's Fashion Week 2021.

Who are Fashion Challengers in Pokémon GO?

Throughout Fashion Week you'll find various trendy-looking types hanging around at various PokéStops. True to their name, Fashion Challengers will challenge you to a battle if you tap on them — a Pokémon battle, not a Walk Off Challenge. No Bowie or Zane here, we're afraid.

They appear regularly, so you won't have to walk too far to find them ready to challenge you to a duel.

How do you battle Fashion Challengers in Pokémon GO?

Do engage Fashion Challengers, simply tap on them to initiate a trainer battle. Choose three strong Pokémon for your team and off you go.

Assuming you've got a handful of strong Pokémon in your line up, Fashion Challengers are relatively simple to beat — they don't use shields, so keep plugging away with a strong Pokémon, block every now and then and you'll soon have the Fashion Challenger defeated.

How many types of Fashion Challenger are there?

According to Eurogamer, there are five different Fashion Challengers appearing at random during Fashion Week.

Here they are in alphabetical order, including the Pokémon they use in order of deployment (meaning you can plan your teams using strong types, if necessary):

  • Cool Challenger (Furfrou, Sneasel, Gothitelle)
  • Eccentric Challenger (Furfrou, Graveler, Blitzle)
  • Quirky Challenger (Furfrou, Braixen, Shinx)
  • Sassy Challenger (Furfrou, Butterfree, Vaporeon)
  • Slick Challenger (Furfrou, Croagunk, Obstagoon)

Lots of Furfrou, then (Furfrou debuts in Pokémon GO as part of this even, if you're wondering why all the cool kids are obsessed with the 'frou).

What is Pokémon GO Fashion Week?

Fashion Week is a special event featuring a Timed Research Quest (more below) and the debut of Furfrou in the game, and the ability to catch themed costumed Pokémon including fashionable versions of Butterfree, Sneasel and Blitzle.

When is Pokémon GO Fashion Week?

Fashion Week is running from 10:00am on Tuesday 21st September until 8:00pm Tuesday 28th September (local time).

What do I need to complete Pokémon GO Fashion Week Timed Research?

The Fashion Week Timed Research has five steps you'll need to complete over the course of the event. Below you'll find all the details for each step, plus the rewards you'll earn for completing each of them and each step:

(A huge thank you to Leekduck for help with some of these details)

Fashion Week Timed Research 1/5

Task Reward
Take a snapshot of Shinx, Blitzle or Furfrou in the wild Kricketot
Make 5 Nice Throws Skitty
Battle a Fashion Challenger 1000 XP

Step Rewards: 1000 XP, 10 Poké Balls, a costume Blitzle encounter

Fashion Week Timed Research 2/5

Task Reward
Use 5 Super Effective Charged Attacks Mareep
Make 5 Curveball Throws Roselia
Hatch an Egg Cottonee

Step Rewards: 1000 XP, 10 Poké Balls, a costume Butterfree encounter

Fashion Week Timed Research 3/5

Task Reward
Take a snapshot of Kirlia or Skitty in the wild Roselia
Make 5 Curveball Throws in a row Costume Croagunk
Battle 3 Fashion Challengers 3000 XP

Step Rewards: 1000 XP, 10 Great Balls, a Furfrou encounter

Fashion Week Timed Research 4/5

Task Reward
Complete 5 Field Research Tasks Costume Kirlia
Make 3 Great Throws in a row Gothita
Win a raid in under 60 seconds Trash Burmy

Step Rewards: 1000 XP, 10 Ultra Balls, a costume Sneasel encounter

Fashion Week Timed Research 5/5

Task Reward
Take a snapshot of Sneasel, Croagunk or Frillish in the wild Costume Shinx
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws in a row Minccino
Battle 5 Fashion Challengers 5000 XP

Step Rewards: 2000 Stardust, a Frillish encounter, a Furfrou Avatar Wig

This article is part of our Pokémon GO walkthrough and guide series. We have articles that take you through the basics, covering How To Catch Pokémon: Throwing Tips, Poké Balls, & Capture Rates, How To Redeem Pokémon GO Promo Codes, How To Check A Pokémon's IVs Using An IV Calculator, How Trading Works, How To Track Pokémon Using Maps And Trackers, What Star Pieces And Stardust Do And How To Get Them, How Player Vs. Player Trainer Battles Work, and How To Complete Field Research And Research Breakthroughs And All Rewards.

We cover regular weekly and monthly Pokémon GO events, such as Spotlight Hour Times And Bonus Hour Times, and Community Days. We also have charts, including a Type Chart With Effectiveness And Weakness For All Types, an Egg Chart Explaining 2km, 5km, 7km, & 10km Eggs, and a Buddy Chart Explaining How To Earn Candy.

Elsewhere we cover Friend Code And Sharing Them For Easy XP and Which Pokémon GO 'Auto Catch' Companion Device Is The Best, plus more advanced tactics and info such as All Fast Moves And Charge Moves, How To Get TMs, And How It All Works, Shiny Pokémon And How To Catch Them, Glacial Lures, Magnetic Lures, Mossy Lures in Pokémon GO (And Their Exclusive Evolutions), How To Get Lots Of Candy Fast, How Lucky Pokémon Work & How To Catch Them, How To Catch All 27 Regional Pokémon, the Best Attackers And Best Defenders, All Raid Bosses And Best Counters Listed By Tier, What EX Raids Are And How To Get EX Raid Passes, What A Super Incubators Does And How To Get One, and How Get Mega Energy.

Pocket Monster-wise, we have specific guides for How To Get Pangoro, Sylveon, Glaceon, Aromatisse, Slurpuff, Sirfetch’d, Galarian Cofagrigus And More, How To Get Sylveon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Jolteon And Flareon, How To Evolve Wurmple Into Silcoon Or Cascoon, How To Get Tyrogue, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan And Hitmontop, How To Use The Weather To Get Each Castform Form, How To Catch And Evolve Into Galarian Slowbro, How To Catch Smeargle, How To Find And Evolve Burmy, How To Catch Spinda, Where To Find Unown, How To Catch Ditto, and The Rarest Pokémon Including Wild, Shiny, Mythical And Regional Catches.

We also cover timed research and special events, including Mew's 'A Mythical Discovery', Jirachi's 'A Thousand-Year Slumber', Celebi's 'A Ripple In Time', and Regigigas' 'A Colossal Discovery'. Other (past) event guides include Twitch Codes List - Pokémon World Championship 2022, How To Battle A Challenger (World Championships 2022), How To Battle Fashion Challengers, 'A Spooky Message' Spiritomb Quest, Kanto Event FAQ, and the Summer Tour 2018 Chicago GO Fest And Dortmund And Yokosuka Safari Zones.

Finally, there's our WIP Pokémon GO Pokédex, which currently goes up to 400 Pokémon: #1-50 | #51-100 | #101-150 | #151-200 | #201-250 | #251-300 | #301-350 | #351-400.

[source pokemongolive.com]